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West Bromwich Albion 1-4 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy has scored in all four of Leicester's league wins over West Brom at The Hawthorns

West Brom boss Alan Pardew's position is under further scrutiny after a heavy defeat by Leicester left the Baggies eight points adrift of safety.

The hosts had taken the lead when Salomon Rondon produced a close-range finish from Oliver Burke's low cross.

Leicester equalised in spectacular fashion when Jamie Vardy volleyed crisply past Ben Foster from Riyad Mahrez's ball over the top.

Mahrez then got on the scoresheet himself after half-time when he coolly finished after a clever pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.

Former Manchester City striker Iheanacho put the game beyond West Brom when he headed in Ben Chilwell's cross.

Leicester completed the rout in injury time when Vicente Iborra headed home from a corner.

With fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham to come in their remaining eight matches, West Brom's survival hopes look forlorn.

Pardew's long-term prospects are equally bleak with just one victory since he was appointed successor to Tony Pulis in October.

What does this mean for Pardew?

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I do care, despite what fan shouted at me - Pardew

Leicester sacked Craig Shakespeare as manager when these two sides drew 1-1 at the King Power Stadium in October.

There had been speculation Pardew would only get one more match to save his job and defeat could spell the end of his brief tenure.

However, the vibe from The Hawthorns before kick-off was that the 56-year-old will stays in charge until the end of the season come what may.

Whether this loss changes the opinion of West Brom's owner Lai Guochuan in the coming days remains to be seen.

The Chinese entrepreneur will surely have been unimpressed by the second-half capitulation on Saturday.

West Brom had actually shown some fight in the first period, sensing it was now or never to deliver a performance.

As soon as they fell behind the life appeared to be sucked out of West Brom's players, though, and the Foxes were merciless in their approach.

The decline at the West Midlands club looks terminal and Pardew's chances of being in charge beyond the end of campaign look virtually non existent.

Heat map showing Leicester's domination of the match
Leicester's domination of the match is reflected in the heat map of their players, right, compared to West Brom's on the left.

Vardy shows no signs of slowing up

Vardy turned 31 in January but if the late blooming of his career continues at the same speed with which he runs on to defence-splitting passes, there is plenty more to come.

The England international's first goal was a thing of beauty.

Vardy hovvered on the line of the West Brom defence, watched Mahrez's ball over the top of the backline drop over his shoulder before striking a crisp, low volley into the corner of the net.

The Hawthorns clearly brings the best out of him - Vardy has scored in all four of his Premier League appearances against West Brom at the ground.

He has also either scored or assisted 15 goals this season. Only he and Mahrez - with 18 - have been directly involved in at least 14 goals this season and play for clubs outside the top six.

But Vardy is much more than just a goalscorer and showed as much here. He was a constant pest to the Baggies' defenders, brought team-mates into play and made dangerous runs.

Talks about a film of Vardy's meteoric rise from non-league football to the Premier League are "ongoing" his agent John Morris said in September 2017.

If he continues in this form, particularly with a World Cup to come this summer, then there may yet be more unwritten chapters to come in the Vardy story.

Man of the match - Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

Riyad Mahrez
Impossible to look beyond the Algeria winger who will surely interest Manchester City among other clubs if he continues to produce performances of this quality. Mahrez deftly scored one and expertly created another in a display brimming with attacking chutzpah.

'We found a clinical edge' what they said

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Puel pleased with 'crucial' Leicester victory

West Brom boss Alan Pardew: "You have to fight. You have to fight until the end. I don't care whatever job or workplace you are in.

"If you are under pressure and you are not going to fight, then don't bother turning up.

"I am not going to lay down tools because I am saying to the players they have to fight until the end."

Leicester boss Claude Puel: "It was a crucial win because we have drawn some games at home

"We found a clinical edge. The first half was end to end and a very open game with chances for both sides.

It could have been 3-3 at half-time. It was important to manage the game in the second half and we were clever, with good quality and scored fantastic goals."

Home side struggles continue - the stats

  • The side which hosts this fixture have failed to win in eight Premier League meetings.
  • West Brom have dropped a league-high 21 points from winning positions in the top flight this season.
  • The Baggies have now lost six Premier League games in a row. They last lost seven straight games between February and April 2003 when they were relegated.
  • Mahrez has now been involved in 18 Premier League goals this season (10 goals, eight assists) - twice as many as last season (nine - six goals, three assists).
  • West Brom striker Rondon's goal was his 22nd Premier League strike - since the start of 2015-16, he has scored 12 more goals for the side than any other player.

What's next?

West Brom travel to Bournemouth for a Premier League game next Saturday (15:00 GMT kick-off). Leicester host Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the King Power Stadium the following day at 16.30.

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 20KrychowiakSubstituted forFieldat 59'minutes
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 80mins
  • 11Brunt
  • 17BurkeSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 83'minutes
  • 9Rondón
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forRodriguezat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Field

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2SimpsonBooked at 53mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 21Iborra
  • 25NdidiBooked at 73mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forDiabatéat 88'minutes
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forIheanachoat 60'minutes
  • 7GraySubstituted forAlbrightonat 67'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 8Iheanacho
  • 11Albrighton
  • 16Dragovic
  • 17Jakupovic
  • 22James
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33Diabaté
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
23,558

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Leicester City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Leicester City 4.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Leicester City 4. Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jay Rodriguez.

Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Fousseni Diabaté replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Oliver Burke.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Allan Nyom.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Booking

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Leicester City 3. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho with a through ball.

Booking

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jay Rodriguez replaces Matt Phillips.

Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Demarai Gray.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Ahmed Hegazi is caught offside.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (Leicester City).

Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Leicester City 2. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Shinji Okazaki.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vicente Iborra.

Booking

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matt Phillips.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City29253183206378
2Man Utd30205558233565
3Liverpool30179468343460
4Tottenham29177555243158
5Chelsea30175852272556
6Arsenal291361052411145
7Burnley30111092726143
8Leicester301010104543240
9Everton30107133549-1437
10Watford29106133947-836
11Brighton30810122840-1234
12Bournemouth2989123444-1033
13Newcastle3088143040-1032
14Swansea3087152542-1731
15Huddersfield3087152550-2531
16West Ham3079143657-2130
17Southampton30513122944-1528
18Crystal Palace3069152848-2027
19Stoke2969142854-2627
20West Brom30311162347-2420
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